Linkin’ Logs and Lincoln Logs

This week we started the process of revealing the QM Scrap Squad’s versions of LinkinLogs from the Sept/Oct ’11 issue of Quiltmaker.

13687 pattern img Linkin Logs and Lincoln Logs

You may have gathered that the quilt name Linkin’ Logs is a play on words with the popular children’s wooden playsets called Lincoln Logs.

 Linkin Logs and Lincoln Logs

I have always thought Lincoln Logs had something to do with Abe Lincoln.

016936 Linkin Logs and Lincoln Logs

I remember reading this book over and over during grade school and I’m certain if I could see it again, there would be a reference to a log cabin as part of Lincoln’s early life.

As I researched the history of Lincoln Logs, however, it turns out they were probably named after someone else.

Lincoln Logs were invented by John Lloyd Wright, a son of the most famous American architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Frank Lloyd Wright’s given name at birth was Frank Lincoln Wright, but he took the middle name Lloyd later in life. (Why he might have done so is a very long story; Lloyd was a family name on his mother’s side.)

John Lloyd Wright was inspired to create the toys by his father’s design for the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo, which featured interlocking beams in its foundation, and it seems that John named his log toysets after his father. It was a fascinating discovery to learn that Lincoln Logs have more to do with a famous family of architects than with the President most closely associated with the U.S. Civil War.

Next week on Quilty Pleasures, another Linkin’ Logs quilt by QM’s Scrap Squad will be revealed. Stay tuned!

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See Linda Ferguson’s pretty pink version of Linkin’ Logs.

About Diane Harris

I'm an editor for Quiltmaker magazine in Golden, Colorado, USA. For six years, I wrote pattern instructions, product reviews and how-to articles. Then I spent four years as QM's Interactive Editor, working to generate much of our online content. Now I'm back to patterns and how-tos, which is a great fit for me. I still love writing about quilt-related topics for Quilty Pleasures, and I always have my finger on the pulse of the quilting world. I teach a variety of quilt classes and give guild programs, too. Reach me by email:
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One Response to Linkin’ Logs and Lincoln Logs

  1. Jerry Beavers says:

    I love all of the Poky patch characters, but Purr Patch is my favorite. I think a baby quilt using all of the characters would be charming.

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